Book Club: ‘The Power of Habit’

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The August 2012 selection is The Power of Habit – Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business.

What do most successful people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives. They succeed by transforming habits.

In The Power of Habit, New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight.  We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals to see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and make the difference between failure and success, life and death. (This description was adapted from the inside cover.)

Find out more about the book at Amazon.

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